"I don't know exactly what a feminist is. I only know that I am called one whenever I say something that distinguishes me from a doormat."
-- Rebecca West, 1893-1983
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Though we celebrate the great strides that have been made in many areas (read Thank a Feminist!), we have a long way to go - and much work to do - before the feminist ideals of equality of opportunity and social and economic justice are met.
Why feminism? Because ...
Rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence continue to plague women globally. For many women their own home is the least safe place to be.
Women continue to earn less than men -- only about 74 cents to every dollar earned by men. This inequity not only impacts weekly paychecks but earnings over the course of a career, impacting retirement and other income-based benefits.
Mothers in the workforce bear the triple burden of career, household and child rearing work. Finding suitable, accessible, safe and affordable child care is an enormous hurdle for many working women.
Sex and pregnancy discrimination continues to hold women back in the workplace.
Women continue to be sexually harassed in school and workplaces and sexually exploited and denigrated in society.
The gains that women have made are not guaranteed and are under constant attack. For examples